MACPAC Job Description: Analyst
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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is seeking an Analyst.

About the Commission
MACPAC is a Congressional support agency that provides independent, nonpartisan policy and data analysis on payment, access and other issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  MACPAC’s charge is to provide objective information to the Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, the federal government’s largest programs providing health care coverage to low-income individuals.  More information about MACPAC and its authorizing language is available at

Position Summary
Analysts possess knowledge of state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and program issues, including basic statistics to conduct quantitative and qualitative research. Analysts must have research, problem-solving, and analytic skills, including the ability to analyze and understand health policy trends from the perspective of multiple Medicaid and CHIP policy and program stakeholders. Analysts must have the ability to use computer spreadsheet software or statistical software packages (e.g., Excel, SAS, Stata, SPSS) to conduct statistical analyses. Analysts are expected to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and to balance multiple project responsibilities. Analysts must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing in order to produce clear and concise reports.  Candidates should have experience in one or more of the policy areas below:
  • Medicaid and CHIP payment methods and policy;
  • The Medicaid prescription drug benefit, including Medicaid prescription drug spending data, utilization and management policies, and pharmacy payment methodology;
  • Access to and quality of health care; and
  • Medicaid data sets.

The ability to develop and manage projects, translate work products into meaningful policy analysis, develop and deliver presentations, and write effectively are key factors for successful candidates for all positions within MACPAC.

Major Duties
  • Support quantitative or qualitative research projects on various Medicaid and CHIP topics, as directed;
  • Serve as a team member for project planning for internal and extramural policy analysis and research;
  • Evaluate Medicaid and CHIP policies and programs and develops options for considerations by the Commission;
  • Assist with presentations at Commission meetings;
  • Translate research and policy and data analytic work into content for two annual reports to the Congress and other MACPAC products;
  • Assist in preparing analyses for technical support of staff of Congressional committees, as directed by the Executive Director;
  • Maintain databases and compile statistical reports and data summaries, including graphics and tables that portray data, for use in policy analyses, research papers, briefings, and reports for senior staff;
  • Use spreadsheet and statistical software (e.g., Excel or SAS) to conduct statistical analyses, as applicable;
  • Prepare analyses of proposed regulations, write issue briefs, and contribute to the preparation of Congressional testimony;
  • Coordinate with team members, as appropriate; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned (e.g., serve as a Project Officer for external research and policy contracts).

Professional Qualifications
  • Analysts should have work experience that demonstrates an understanding of state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and program issues, as well as a willingness to learn about new complex issues relating to Medicaid and CHIP;
  • Strong research, problem solving, and analytic skills, including the ability to analyze and understand health policy trends from the perspective of multiple Medicaid and CHIP policy and program stakeholders;
  • Exceptional writing skills, including experience in developing both short issue briefs and memos and longer reports, as well as the ability to explain complicated policy concepts and quantitative results in a concise manner;
  • Experience in biostatistics, research methods, economics, health services research, or survey research;
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills;
  • Experience working for or with federal, state or local government (preferred);
  • Ability to work in teams with a positive, professional, and solution-oriented attitude;
  • Experience in managing complex projects and meeting deadlines;
  • Advanced Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills; and
  • Experience creating, organizing, analyzing and managing large Medicaid-related data sets and using statistical software (e.g., SAS, Stata, SPSS) (preferred).

Education Requirements
Completed an undergraduate or Master’s degree (preferred) in public policy, public health, public administration, statistics, economics, or other related fields.

To Apply for an Analyst Position at MACPAC
Please send your resume and one-page cover letter to  In your cover letter, please include concise responses to the following questions:
  1. Why are you interested in working at MACPAC? 
  2. What are your primary areas of expertise or interest in Medicaid and CHIP policy?  Please include no more than three issue areas. 
  3. Are you proficient with using Microsoft Office Suite software applications?
  4. Are you proficient with statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, SPSS)?
  5. How did you hear about this position?
  6. Are you a United States Citizen, or have you applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization? If applicable, include the date of citizenship if naturalized.

Please indicate if you have or ever had a Federal security clearance identify the level and dates held.  Employees at MACPAC are required to undergo a national security clearance.

Other Important Information
After submitting your application for this position you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials.  Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis.  MACPAC will contact you if we wish to schedule a telephonic interview.

Salary for the Analyst position will be commensurate with experience. In addition, employees have access to federal benefits. Information relating to benefits with the federal government can be found at

Please refer to for additional requirements and information regarding this opportunity.

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